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California’s Film Commissioner Pink-Slipped By Governor After 15 Years


The curtain is about to fall on Amy Lemisch’s 15-year tenure as California Film Commissioner. Deadline has confirmed that the long serving Executive Director will exit the post responsible for overseeing the state’s rich film and TV tax credit program on May 10.

Now Gov. Gavin Newsom is keen to install his own appointees to the CFC, as often is the case with a new regime. Lemisch, however, was first named to her post by then-rookie Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2004.

Under pressure as production fled the home of Hollywood for more tax lucrative realms like Georgia, the state introduced an incentive program in 2009 that the CFC ran. The band-aid program was a mere $100 million, didn’t allow films with budgets over $75 million to apply and was conducted as a much criticized lottery.

See more at Deadline.


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